We continued with the six part series at the church I worship at called “Game Plan”. The third in the series was last weekend titled “Everybody Needs A Team”. To listen or view you can click this link.
Fellowship Matters because we can reflect and receive God’s love. There are moments in life where everything comes together and we can say, “That’s why God made me”. We are made to be loved by God, to reciprocate that love by worshiping God, and to reflect God’s love.
Below is an outline of the message. The words in black are notes provided by the church staff and the notes in blue are notes I added as I listened to the Podcast.
1. ONE IS NOT GOD’S NUMBER.
“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.’ ” – Genesis 2:18 (NIV)
“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)
We shouldn’t be alone but should be with others and the church is the place where we can fellowship and help each other in life.
2. WE FIND HELP IN COMMUNITY.
“If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” – Ecclesiastes 4:10 (NIV)
There is help in community.
3. WE FIND WARMTH IN COMMUNITY.
“And if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” – Ecclesiastes 4:11 (NIV)
Sometimes we just need an encouraging word or a kind word from someone else.
“Then David danced with all his might before the Lord. He had on a holy linen vest. David and all the Israelites shouted with joy and blew the trumpets….” – 2 Samuel 6:14-15a (NCV)
4. WE FIND PROTECTION IN COMMUNITY.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)
There is power in community because someone has your back.
5. WE FIND GROWTH IN COMMUNITY.
“As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.” – Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)
Sometimes we need someone to point out issues or offer suggestions when we get off track. We also need others in the body of Christ to encourage and give confidence.
6. WE FIND LOVE IN COMMUNITY.
“…As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)
“We love because Christ first loves us.” – 1 John 4:19 (NIV)
The church down the street helps people and loves people. I hope this video inspires your day in the idea that we are better together: We Will Stand – Larnelle Harris and Russ Taff.